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Collectively, MS&E faculty have deep expertise in two major disciplines: quantitative modeling and the behavioral sciences. Read more about their careers and research below.

Portrait of Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt
Professor

Kathleen Eisenhardt

A pioneering female faculty member, Prof. Eisenhardt eschewed conventional number-crunching to show how in-depth case studies best reveal the improv culture of high-growth companies.

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Yinyu Ye and his basketball team posing for a photo
Professor

Yinyu Ye

An aptitude for athletics helped transform Prof. Ye from a rice farmer during China’s Cultural Revolution into a world-renowned scholar.

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Portrait of Professor Elisabeth Paté-Cornell
Professor

Elisabeth Paté-Cornell

"Risk analysis was perfect for me because it could truly be applied to anything I wanted."

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Professor

Ron Howard

"My fundamental goal is to learn and to share that learning."

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Professor Markus Pelger sits outdoors while working on his laptop
Assistant Professor

Markus Pelger

"I think risk management is relevant for everyone—the better you manage risks, the better your decisions are."

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Portrait of Professor Itai Ashlagi
Assistant Professor

Itai Ashlagi

"I can't think of a better intellectual environment for my research than MS&E, where the faculty and students share a common goal of designing systems and policies that impact our lives."

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Portrait of Professor Robert McGinn
Professor (Teaching)

Robert McGinn

Prof. McGinn specializes in the field of ethics in engineering, and recently released his book, The Ethical Engineer: Contemporary Concepts and Cases.

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Portrait of Professor Bob Sutton
Professor

Bob Sutton

“I was always fascinated by how differently people behaved in different organizations—even when they did more or less the same work.”

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Portrait of Professor Melissa Valentine
Assistant Professor

Melissa Valentine

“In our work so far, it’s been amazing to watch how quickly a group of people from around the world come together to complete complex projects.”

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Portrait of Professor Jose Blanchet
Associate Professor

Jose Blanchet

"I started to re-adjust and research things that I thought would be exciting and appropriate for the Stanford environment and the valley. This is for me, in many ways, like being born again in terms of the types of research that I’m pursuing."

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Portrait of Professor Aaron Sidford
Assistant Professor

Aaron Sidford

"I am excited to push the theory of optimization and algorithm design to new heights!"

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